Meet Me at the Corner of Broome and Allen: Romaniote Jews in New York – In person
January 30 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Presenter: Marcia Ikonomopoulos
Among the numerous distinguishing factors of Jewish communities, most based on geographical location, ancestral language and levels of observance, one group, that of Romaniote Jews has, in many ways, become the orphan child of Jewish studies. This holds true in the field of genealogy. Romaniote Jews, Greek-speaking Jews who date their ancestry back the inter-Temple period, have the distinction of the longest continuous presence in the European Diaspora. The naming practices of Romaniote Jews shed light on the history of Jewish surnames and, in addition, their distinctive customs. What can we learn from analyzing the naming practices of Romaniote Jews? What is applicable to the general study of Jewish naming practices and Jewish genealogy?